CEO Threatens to Sue Over Lover's Suicide Flap

Nalepa family lawyer warned to leave Shacknai out of accusations
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2011 4:44 AM CDT
This image provided by the San Diego County Sheriff's Department shows an undated photo of Rebecca Zahau, 32, whose death was ruled a suicide after she was found hanging from a balcony, bound hand and...   (AP Photo/San Diego County Sheriff's Department)

(Newser) – Lawyers for pharmaceutical magnate Jonah Shacknai are threatening to sue the lawyer of the family of the late Rebecca Nalepa if he keeps insinuating that Shacknai influenced the investigation into her bizarre death, reports ABC News. "What is most concerning are recent false public statements you have made that Mr. Shacknai, because of his business success, has somehow improperly influenced the investigations," said the warning letter.

Nalepa's family has said they do not believe the official report that labeled Rebecca's death a suicide. She was found hanged, naked, with her hands and feet bound. “I haven’t said anything about his wealth nor have I said anything that could be considered false or defamatory," responded the family's attorney. "We are simply seeking the truth and justice.” Click to read about some of the case's more troubling details.

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